Authors: Julie O’Sullivan & Jillian Gilbert, QLD
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: physical health, healthy eating, physical health and activity
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The physical health and well being of people with a serious mental illness is of a much poorer standard than the general population (Lambert T, Velakoulis D & Pantelis, C. 2003), & has been traditionally neglected by both medical services & the individual themselves, serving to exacerbate health problems & further isolate people in the community (Crosse C, 2003). The Inner North Brisbane Mental Health Service, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital has responded by developing the Healthy Living Program, as a partnership between Occupational Therapists from the Mental Health Service, and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program consists of three separate modules on healthy eating, physical health, & activity. Evaluation is being undertaken using satisfaction surveys, designed to gather both qualitative & quantitative data. Research findings to date illustrate the benefits of program participation, & highlight the great need for Mental Health Services to incorporate similar programs into service delivery.